One of Africa’s richest men Naguib Sawiris has expressed his desire to purchase his favorite footballing club Al Ahly.
His brother Nassef Sawiris, 59, replaced Tony Xia as chairman of Aston Villa last year, following the purchase of a controlling stake in the club by NSWE, a company he jointly owns with American billionare Wes Edens.
Their family, possibly the richest in Africa with a combined net worth of over $35 billion, own the Orascom conglomerate, which spans the telecommunications, construction, tourism, industries and technology industries.
Nassef Sawiris helped bankroll Aston Villa’s transfer expenses over the past two seasons, including the signing of his compatriot Mahmoud Trezeguet from Kasimpasa in 2019.
In part due to Trezeguet’s heroics, Aston Villa miraculously escaped relegation from the Premier League, saving the Sawiris family millions of dollars in potential losses.
Naguib, the oldest brother, is known to be an Ahlawy, a supporter of the Red Devils. When asked if he saw himself venturing into Egyptian football in an interview with Egyptian outlet OnTime, Naguib stated the necessity for Egypt’s laws regarding private companies being unable to own clubs to change, citing the success that Liverpool and Manchester United have seen with joint-stock owners.
If such a law were to be implemented, the first club he would buy would be Al Ahly, the 66-year-old said.
The middle brother, Samih, owns Egyptian Premier League side Gouna FC.
The idea of Al Ahly being owned by a multi-billionaire like Naguib Sawiris is mouth-watering. In addition to the increased funds the Red Devils would have to compete for African dominance, a potential partnership with his brother’s club Aston Villa could be monumental.
Imagine Al Ahly and Aston Villa being sister clubs! Annual friendlies, a pipeline from the Al Ahly youth academy to Birmingham… A player like Trezeguet would not have had to go through playing in Belgium and Turkey before finally moving to Villa years after leaving Ahly.